Based on a farm and the forests close to Oslo, Norway, Martin comes from a career in Organizational Leadership, Ethics and Innovation. With 15 years of hands on and academic experience. During which he has specialized in emotional intelligence in teams, Inner sustainability and the emerging field of "living systems organizations".
After years in Leadership positions, Martin devoted his time to become a full time volunteer. He has now, for over a decade, been engaged in peaceful environmental activism. Taking direct action towards oil platforms in the Barents Sea, nuclear power plants in Northern Europe, and with mass mobilizations to halt coal production in Germany.
Consecutively, he has worked with hundreds of activists and change makers worldwide. In the fields of ecological grief, Ecological Design Thinking, Awareness Trainings, Regenerative Cultures, Self-Organizing Systems Design, Resilience and Reconnection. Guiding himself and others towards taking purposeful action with Heart despite challenging social and ecological conditions.
Committed to life-long learning, Martin is a daily meditator, and has like others encountered truths & shadows and welcomes challenges.
Highlighting awareness of the pitfalls of inner work in the "Industrial Growth Society". He follows his own advice on the ethical necessity for continued peer-support, community engagement, responsible Self-care and immersive silence in nature.
Rooted in the work of Arne Næss and as a facilitator for The Work That Reconnects Network (Active Hope). Martin is a scholar of Deep Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, System's Theory, Integral Theory, Taoism and Zen.
"In his work, he seamlessly weaves the more-than-human-world (nature) and timeless wisdom, through immersive somatic and thought-provoking experiences, into a compassionate path of awakening into life".
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
Coming from a background in organizational leadership experience and education. I have spent a large part of the past decade organizing and participating in environmental holding actions, from holding Oil-Rings in the Arctic to actions all over Europe. I have been called to work more closely with the fabric of genuine and loving regenerative movements and organizations. Starting movements and building and supporting existing. My work includes work with Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion, Ende Gelände, amongst many more.
My mission has always been to connect and widen our sense of creativity and timing through co creation, and listening deeply to each other and the more than human world feeling into what wants to be born. My other work includes meditation and qi gong in nature, and I spend much of my time communing with the more than human world in Norway.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
Imagination and really being in touch with the moment we are sharing, to letting new pathways into the future flourish, relates closely to how the great turning will play out.
With a system's approach to playfulness and deepening our individual, and collective feedback system makes the space needed for emergence in unforeseen ways that mend the patches of our world together once again. The balanced simplicity, playfulness and seriousness of the Work That Reconnects holds brilliance in so many ways that can be adapted and worked with in a variety of settings and different groups. A deeply needed and relevant body of work in these times.
Audiences I work with
I work with activists, open groups, religious groups, and organizations on different levels. Do you want to feel into the work that needs to be done in these times and explore your own responses, feel free to reach out.
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Music as Medicine Facilitator Development (2019, 20 days)
Facilitated by: Lydia Violet
Facilitator Devlopment program
- Retreat with David Abram (2019, 3 days)
Facilitated by: Kathrine Burke
A retreat with Storytelling and WTR Elements in Hof
- Retreat Andreas Weber (2019, 3 days)
Facilitated by: Kathrine Burke
Retreat with Philopher Andreas Weber,with Elements of the Work that Rconnects and Deep Time work
- The Work That Reconnects Tromsø (2019, 2 days)
Facilitated by: Martin Reinholtz
A Weekend Retreat in the Arctic in Tromsø, with a group of Activists going through the Spiral of the Work That Reconnects
Other relevant training
- Facilitator Training (2018, 2 days)
Facilitated by: Greenpeace
Basic Facilitation Training
Other relevant skills & experiences
Can facilitate in german, english, danish and norwegian. Have helped organize and develop nature and music festivals around Norway as an environmental consultant. Studied Organisastional Leadership, Ethics and Innovation. Facilitate "Open Space" and have been working with Regnerative Culture and Leadership development, recently writing a thiesis on working with regenerative eco-facilitation and Complex Adapative Sytems in Norwegian Volunteer organisations.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Work That Reconnects Oslo - For Activists (2019, 1 days)
Facilitated by: None
A one day introduction to WTR, going through the spiral of the Work That Reconnects
- One Day Workshop in Hvaler (2019, 1 days)
A local group workshop for activists in the beutifull surroundings of Hvaler Norway
- Work That Reconnects Tromsø (2020, 2 days)
A workshop Retreat and Introduction to the work that reconnects in the Arctic
- The Work That Reconnects Online- Introduction (2020, 1 days)
An introduction to the work, with participants fromthe Nordics and International
- The Work That Reconnects - Introduction and Immersion (2020, 1 days)
A whole day Spiral Workshop with International and Nordic participants
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
I have used a range of opening practises in settings, the mirror walk has been a participant favorite in different nature settings and in combination with other workshops, the coming from gratitude open sentences have been used in different settings and as openings, open sentences on honoring our pain has been used with activist groups, breathing through always brings me to tears and is a great practice for activists in and after actions. The same counts for the other meditations depending on the situation and what participants i am guiding. Have tried out the bowl of tears in a small workshop for the first time recently. I have been meditating on the council of all beings and will hopefully use it on a regular basis soon. Letter to the future has been used in office setting with NGO`s. The life map has been a great addition to office workshops and have used it once in great 2 ppl workshop with my partner. Use the 5 vows regularly in a variety of settings and conversations as well as closing workshops, working on and meditating on dialog with mara will hopefully experience this practise with my teacher soon. I am in the process of translating some practises and most meditations to norwegian with my partner. I also host a deep time walk based on the work of Stephen Harding, that I have performed in different settings.
I have applied WTR in office settings and meetings, in tipi workshops that I host in nature. Working on applying practises to NGO`s such as Greenpeace Nordic and hope to develop a activist support team there in the beginning of 2020.
Began facilitating in April 2019. I can present the spiral, the three stories of out time, as well as why gratitude is so important to open us to the world and let us take in the immensity of challenges we face , and honoring our pain for the world / telling the truth by heart.
Helping activists on a regular and volunteer basis. Using the materials in before and after actions. The events i host are small normally around 10 people and in nature settings. Most of practises i have facilitated are spontaneous and in divers settings in combination with other events and workshops.